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THE 561 Social Ethics

Since it explores Christian social ethics, this course is particularly designed to equip students with analytic tools to reflect on the question, "What does it mean to live responsibly as a member of a family, society and humanity in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?" It will present the ways in which numerous sources of wisdom and insight―such as scripture, theological tradition, social analysis and experience―contribute to reflection about life in society. Major philosophical strands of ethics will be treated at the outset of the course. Students will delve deeply into the Christian tradition, with special emphasis on Catholic social teaching, in order to consider such complex social issues as poverty and economic justice, the moral justifiability of the use of force, racism/racial justice, sexism/gender justice, and capital punishment in the light of the ethical foundations treated earlier.